Immigration Innovation (I²) Act of 2013

A group of U.S. Senators has introduced a new immigration bill, namely the Immigration Innovation (I2) Act of 2013, in an attempt to pass new legislation that will provide critical reforms to the employment-based immigration system. Included in this new bill are provisions increasing the annual H-1B cap, providing additional market-based escalator clauses in the H-1B quota to meet the demands of the economy should it be necessary, providing work authorization eligibility to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, and increasing the mobility of foreign nationals to change from one employer to another.  Additional changes are also included in the proposed bill for immigrant visa and green card processing to remove long quota backlogs and to provide green card cap-exemptions for certain STEM degree holders and other employment-based immigrant visa categories.

GG&W will continue to provide information on this and other immigration-related legislation as it arises.

Contributed by Brian S. Weiss

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